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Daniel 2:7-13 meaning

Nebuchadnezzar demands that the wisemen tell him what he saw in his dream. The wisemen tell the king that only gods can accomplish this task. Because of their failure, the king orders that all the wisemen be killed.

The wisemen answered a second time, asking the king to tell them what he saw in his dream so that they could offer an interpretation for him. But the king refused, accusing them of bargaining for time, inasmuch as you have seen that the command from me is firm. Apparently the king reasoned that if these advisors and magicians could not tell him what he saw in his dream then they could not offer him a trustworthy interpretation. It seems that Nebuchadnezzar already had doubts about the honesty of his wisemen, accusing them of planning to speak lying and corrupt words to him. He demanded that they tell him the dream so they could provide the actual interpretation.

His wisemen and magicians told the king that there is not a man on earth who could tell him what he saw in his dream, and that only gods, whose dwelling place is not with mortal flesh could do what the king asked.

Nebuchadnezzar was extremely angry with these men and ordered that the wisemen should be slain. Since the command was for all the wisemen in his kingdom to be killed, they looked for Daniel and his friends to kill them. This tells us that Daniel and his friends were among the wisemen of Babylon. But because they were not in the king's presence, that would infer that they were junior members.

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